Discipleship as Ministry
“All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me. So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have told you to do. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of time.” Matthew 28:18-20 ERV
One of the most important tasks Jesus Christ gave us is called the Great Commission. Its scope is great—all authority in heaven and on earth is His, we are to reach all people without distinction, sharing everything Jesus told us, and we have His promise to be with us always.
And the instruction for us is clear: make followers or disciples of Jesus Christ. This is the main task—an imperative; while going, teaching, and baptizing are characteristics of how disciples are made. They respond to Jesus—accept His teaching and learn from Him; they hear, understand, and follow Him; and they learn to value Jesus Christ even more than their own lives.
This is our highest calling—making followers. And this is the heart of the ministry of Bible League International through Project Philip evangelistic and discipleship Bible studies.
For example, Christian faith in Thailand faces significant obstacles—the overwhelmingly Buddhist culture, widespread poverty in rural areas, and lack of accessibility to God’s Word in a way that can be understood have combined to hinder the Gospel. And after almost 200 years of missionary work, Christian faith has never been more than one-half of one percent of Thailand’s population.
But this is changing today as believers are learning how to make disciples of others—equipped with God’s Word in a way they can understand and share.
With the completion of the Thai easy-to-read Bible and Project Philip Bible studies recently, Christian ministry is now reaching believers in under-resourced churches who have struggled to survive as followers of Jesus Christ.
In the north-central province of Phetchabun, Thailand, Project Philip training is happening in dozens of small Bible studies and newly formed churches. People who have never heard the Gospel before are studying God’s Word and coming to faith and learning how they can make followers of Jesus Christ themselves. They are sincere, bold, and now empowered with the biblical resources essential to vibrant Christian faith.
One young woman trusted Jesus just 2 months ago, and already she has brought over 40 people to Project Philip Bible studies in her rural village. “I have been so confident once I experienced God’s power in my life,” she confesses, “and I can now share God’s Word with others.” Project Philip empowers her by providing God’s Word in a way that can be understood and believed, and she is fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission in Thailand.
One of the greatest needs today among under-resourced churches throughout the world is discipleship Bible studies to strengthen the faith of believers and give them a way to lead others to faith in Jesus Christ. With your help, Project Philip is reaching those in need of God’s Word and lives are being transformed every day.